What does "broad/I'm broad" mean in Jamaican slang?

Canadian-born, Guyanese-background, dancehall & reggae fan here. In songs, when the artists says "I'm broad", what do they mean? ​ For example, in Barrington Levy's "Here I Come" he says I'm broad, I'm broad, I'm broader then Broadway Yes I'm broad, I'm broad, I'm broader then Broadway This is just a random question I've had since I was small, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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It means “ I’m renown” or “I’m important”…. Other artists say it in different ways. Like Christopher Martin said in his song titles I’m a big deal. He said :

“Am a big deal
Me and mi friend dem a big deal
Yea wi kinda important, for real

Oh yea, am a big deal
Me and mi friend are some big deal
Very, very, very important, for real”.


On the streets friends will greet each other and say stuff like “ Wha gwan mi big friend, yu large”.


Well, it’s not really a slang but Barrington Levy just used that word in his song as a figure of speech to express how famous he is. So him saying ‘broader than Broadway ‘ means he’s more famous than any Broadway show.

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