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Peace Beyond Passion is an album by Me'shell Ndegeocello. It was released on June 25, 1996, on Maverick Records. The album peaked at #63 on the Billboard Top 200 list in 1996. The album also peaked at #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It went on to become Me'shell's most commercially successful album. The album was positively received by music critics. The album was also nominated for the 'Best R&B Album' Grammy Award in 1997.

Peace Beyond Passion
Peace Beyond Passion album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1996
ProducerDavid Gamson
Me'shell Ndegeocello chronology
Plantation Lullabies
Peace Beyond Passion
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Daily News3/4 stars [2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+ [3]
NME(6/10) [4]
Q3/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [5]
The Village VoiceB+[6]

The first single "Leviticus: Faggot" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in 1996. The music video was positively received on R&B outlets, despite its heavy storyline.

The second single and the biggest hit from the album was a Bill Withers' cover "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?". The single reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in November 1996, as well as peaking at #34 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

The third and final single was a remixed version of the ballad "Stay", which peaked at #15 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart and #67 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.


Track listingEdit

All songs written by Me'shell Ndegéocello, except where noted.

  1. "The Womb" – 1:25
  2. "The Way" – 4:58
  3. "Deuteronomy: Niggerman" – 4:01
  4. "Ecclesiastes: Free My Heart" (Ndegéocello, Torri Ruffin) – 5:22
  5. "Leviticus: Faggot" – 6:08
  6. "Mary Magdalene" – 5:51
  7. "God Shiva" (Ndegéocello, Wendy Melvoin) – 4:09
  8. "Who Is He and What Is He to You" (Bill Withers, Stan McKinney) – 4:49
  9. "Stay" – 4:30
  10. "Bittersweet" – 5:17
  11. "A Tear and a Smile" – 3:49
  12. "Make Me Wanna Holler" (Ndegéocello, Federico González Peña, Melvin Ragin, Marvin Gaye, James Nyx) – 8:51


Arranged by David Gamson and Me'Shell Ndegéocello
Vocals arranged by David Gamson
String arrangements for tracks #5, 8 an 11 by Paul Riser

  • Produced by David Gamson
  • Recording engineer – Rail Jon Rogut
  • Additional engineering – David Gamson and Charles Nasser
  • Recording engineer for track #4 – Mike Krowiak, assisted by Suzanne Dyer
  • Mixing – Bob Power
  • Mastering – Tom Coyne
  • Gregory-Trevor Gilmer – art direction
  • Guzman (Constance Hansen & Russell Peacock) – photography


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