By Marc Weingarten
Updated May 19, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the early ’90s, East L.A.’s Cypress Hill bronco-busted rhymes with a blunt-tipped flow, preaching the virtues of gangland paybacks and pot with cooly snide word-slinging. They’ve since become one of hip-hop’s most prolific acts. But Hill should chill until they find a new wrinkle to revive their sound. With their sub-No Limit production and metal-hop trend glomming, the two CDs of Skull & Bones are as potent as an oregano joint. C+