The Hip, Hop, Dance panel discussed the crossover of R&B artists onto dancefloors. The panelists all gave interesting points from their experiences. Marthe Reynolds (Island/Def Jam) talked about the difficulty of convincing hip-hop producers to allow their songs to be remixed, remarking that remixers can't "just speed up the vocals to fit a template." Chucky Thompson (Lifeprint) said that the hip-hop producers are going to dance clubs, watching the crowds and reworking the big loops down to 105 bpm. Legendary songwriter Denise Rich related her experience of writing lyrics for hip-hop saying "If It Doesn't Bounce, It Doesn't Count." Hosh Gureli (J/RCA) expressed concern about big name DJs playing only their own records while in hip-hop clubs a hit is played by everyone across the world.
Angie Stone had a lot to say and made several eloquent points. She expressed her concerns about radio, that it is replaying records that you don't like so much that you eventually like it, calling it a "poisonous infection" that is "making kids musically illiterate." Angie was looking for inventive producers to go back to the music before 1975, maybe 1955 or 1965, because so much of the radio music sounds the same that it does makes you sick. She is looking to shake things up and stretch her wings, relating a story about Erykah Badu, and explore new areas saying, "I'm gonna be real happy on this next album." Angie said she was looking to bridge the gap with all kinds of people because they want "something with substance and that there was a lack of real songs" because people are unfortunately exchanging "ear candy for eye candy."