Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Kidz In The Hall will remain a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop. They have defined themselve with their abilities, but have complimented the genre with their uniqueness. The album is surely one of those you should keep in the car and the house. It’s great to hear hip-hop thriving as it should, and certainly Kidz In The Hall contribute to its survival. It seems that the halls are alive with dopeness." -Cherry On Top
Spin (p.77) - "OCCASION opts for Kanye-esque stadium-status beats, merry lyrics that include perhaps the only rap reference to a 'bar stool in Poughkeepsie,' and a joyous closing cut called 'Walk on Air.'"
Audio Mixer: Double O.
Photographer: James Harris .
Kidz in the Hall's strange niche as the alt-rap backpacker's party band continued on 2011's Occasion, although this shindig is related to a cable television reality series and is conceptually hung on the feeling of celebration. That last bit is good, as these Kidz are all the way live when it comes to popping bottles and smoking blunts in honor of Notorious B.I.G. (the great "Pour It Up" with David Banner and Bun B) or shaking Polaroid pictures like they were OutKast ("Walk on Air" could have fallen off either side of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below). Add Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, Esthero, and others to the supreme guest list and there's plenty to do on this bright, lively Occasion, but in the end it's a mood album more than a persuasive pep rally thanks to redundant numbers and no sensible anchor. ~ David Jeffries