A two DVD collection of Best Rappers of All Times: Busta Rhymes & Nas In 1991 the world was introduced to Brooklyn’s own Trevor Smith. Busta Rhymes, as he came to be know, always had a dynamic personality and an outlandish style. It all started on September 14, 1973, when Nas was born into the world. As the son of famed jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas’s music creativity began at an early age. Nas, whose given name Nasir means “”helper and protector,”” started showcasing his talents in the late ’80s – early ’90s.