Be Yourself marked Patti LaBelle's ninth solo album and her first since 1986's platinum hit, Winner in You, released in 1989 on the MCA label, her second album with the company. The album featured the popular singles, "If You Asked Me To" (a US R&B top 10 single by LaBelle, later covered by Celine Dion), which was also featured on the James Bond soundtrack to the movie, Licence to Kill and the top ten Prince-written socially conscious dance hit, "Yo Mister". The album also featured the modest R&B hit, "I Can't Complain", which charted in 1990. Despite this, it failed to go gold in the U.S.
Track 1 arranged by Aaron Zigman. Produced by Stewart Levine. Recorded & Mixed by Darren Klein. Bunny Hull, Paulette Brown, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo: Vocal Backing; Michael Landau: Guitars; Aaron Zigman: Keyboards, Synthesizers; Lenny Castro: Percussion
Track 2 arranged & produced by Raymond Jones & Sami McKinney. Recorded & Mixed by Larry Fergusson. Gerald Albright: Saxophone; Raymond Jones: Keyboards; Larry Robinson: Drum Programming
Tracks 3, 9 & 11 produced by James Ellison. Tracks 3 & 9 arranged by James Ellison; track 11 arranged by Nathaniel Wilkie. Recorded & Mixed by Bob Fintz & Joe Tarsia; tracks 3 & 11 remixed by Louie Silas. Annette Hardeman, Desiree Coleman, Paula Holloway, Thelma Houston, Charlene Holloway, Deborah Dukes, Freddie Washington, Gabriel Hardeman Jr., O.J. Smallwood: Vocal Backing; James Ellison: Keyboards, Percussion; Nathaniel Wilke: Keyboards, Synthesizers; George Duke: Piano; James Herbert Smith: Guitars; Lenny Castro: Percussion; Jim Salamone: Drum Programming
Tracks 4 & 6 arranged, produced and played by Prince. Recorded, mixed & remixed by Timmy Regisford.
Track 5 arranged, produced, recorded & mixed by Full Force. Full Force: All instruments, vocal backing; Lisa Lisa, Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley: Vocal Backing
Track 7 arranged by Jerry Hey. Produced by Narada Michael Walden. Recorded & mixed by David Frazier. Claytoven Richardson, Jim Gilstrap, Kitty Beethoven, Melisa Kary: Vocal Backing; Corrado Rustici: Guitars; David Sancious, Walter Afanasieff: Keyboards; Randy Jackson: Moog Bass; Kenny G: Saxophone; Narada Michael Walden: Drums, Drum Programming; Greg Conaway: Cymbals & Percussion
Track 8 arranged & produced by Alan Roy Scott & Alan Dennis Rich. Lyndie White, Mona Rae Campbell, Ronee Martin: Vocal Backing; Mark Leggett: Guitars; Brad Cole: Keyboards; Dominic Genova: Bass; Tom Walsh: Drums, Percussion
Track 10 arranged & produced by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager. Recorded & Mixed by Mick Guzauski. Joe Pizzulo, Julia, Maxine & Oren Waters, Phil Perry, Stephanie Spruill: Vocal Backing; Randy Kerber: Piano; Michael Boddicker: Synthesizers; Dann Huff: Guitars; Neil Stubenhaus: Bass; Jeff Porcaro: Drums; Lenny Castro: Percussion