|“||We take Chicago, and collective, put it together... and we're The Chi-Lective!||”|
|— Tess devising the name of the group.|
The Chi-Lective is a musical group formed by twins Booker and Nia Baxter with their friend, Tess O'Malley, in hopes of entering, and ultimately winning, the $25,000 grand prize for the Radio Eclipse Live Contest. They enlist their best friend, Levi Grayson, to direct their first music video, "Smoky Flow." The group's journey to fame and fortune is the driving plotline of the first third of Season 3.
Booker, Nia, and Tess decide to enter the Radio Eclipse Live Contest to find the best new musical group in the country and win the $25,000 prize. They all meet in Tess' home to make plans. As a group, they decide that Tess will contribute the beats, Nia her singing skills, and Booker provides the "swag." Jokingly, Tess questions why Levi is there. and he reminds everyone that he has agreed to direct their music videos for free. Nia wonders if they are proceeding too quickly, as their group doesn't have a name yet. Booker disagrees, stating they are "Booker and the Book-ettes." Nia laughs, at what she thought had been a joke suggestion, but upon realizing that her brother was serious, both girls veto the idea. Nia opines that many contemporary groups are more like collectives of talented people. Tess, seizing the concept, suggest they combine their hometown, Chicago, with the word collective, and form The Chi-Lective. The Baxter twins readily agree. Booker then gets a vision of Nia dancing happily in a smoky place. After Booker relates what he saw, Tess is inspired to begin writing "Smoky Flow ." They agree to shoot the video in the O'Malley apartment, as Tess reluctantly tells her friends that her parents have been working longer hours, leaving her on her own a lot more than usual. The next day, after a smoke machine has been procured, and the song finished, Levi shoots a rehearsal run-through, but the individual members of the group are too preoccupied with themselves, and appear awkward and disjointed. Levi cuts the actions and tells them how horrible they were. Raven then knocks on the door to call the kids for dinner and is fooled when Tess mimics her mother's voice. After dinner, the kids make a much better performance. However, Tess has left a pizza in the oven triggering a real smoke alarm, leading Raven to go across the hall and discover the kids have no adult supervision. Raven and Tess have a private conversation, as Raven assures Tess she is part of the Baxter family. Later, Levi and The Chi-Lective show Raven and Chelsea the full "Smoky Flow" video, and both are extremely impressed.
"Smoky Flow," has reached 100,000 views on MeTube and the members of The Chi-Lective are excited. The girls read the comments and are flattered by them. Booker reads that he is fine, and chooses to interpret the word in the most complimentary way possible. Levi then arrives, revealing that a rival group from school, The 3 Go's have made a diss track, which specifically targets Booker. After viewing "Jokey Flow," and the parting shot of "Bunk Bed Booker," the others are forced to agree. At school, Booker learns that the meme of "Bunk Bed Booker" has spread through the school. Nia tells her brother to calm down, and Tess points out that she should be the angry one as The 3 Go's lifted her music. As the members of The 3 Go's, Quatro, his twin brother, Pump-Fake, and the youngest, Lil Lo-Lo, enter the hallway, Booker demands to know why they are targeting him, and Quatro claims it stems from a Dodgeball game from the previous week, in which Booker eliminated him from the game. The next day, with the help of Levi, Booker releases his own diss track, "Booker Strikes Back." Soon "More Like The 3NOs." becomes a spreading meme at school. Nia confronts her brother, warning him that while she doesn't want Chi-Lective business "on the street" they will discuss the matter at home. Booker scoffs, noting that they have a hundred more subscribers because of his video. At home, after a student-parent conference with Principal Kwan, in which Booker and The 3 Go's were given lunchtime detention, Nia tells Booker to take the video off The Chi-Lective web page. Stung that no one seems concerned about his feelings, Booker announces that he is leaving the group and going solo. The next evening, Booker sends an e-mail blast that "Troof on the Roof," with The Chi-Lective and The 3 Go's, will occur on top of 352 Hauser Avenue. After the crowd gathers, Booker allows The 3 Go's to go first. But on his turn, Booker offers a conciliatory tone to his rhymes, first to Quatro, then Raven, and finally Nia. Soon The Chi-Lective reunites, and any strife with The 3 Go's forgotten. Later, Levi debuts his "Troof on the Roof," video to the family.
- "Smoky Flow"
- "Booker Strikes Back" (later removed)
- "Troof on the Roof" (with The 3 Go's)
- Booker wanted the name of the group to be "Booker and the Book-ettes."
- Within the group, Tess provides the beats, Nia the singing skills, and Booker the "swag."
- Their name is a hybrid of their hometown, "Chicago," and the word "collective," devised by Tess.
- Booker briefly left the group in Diss Track.
- They get their first "gig" in Disorder in the Court.
- In Cali Dreams, they face off against Charmony in the Radio Eclipse Live Contest Finals.
- Their original name was "The Collective," but was changed mid-season by the producing team.
| The image gallery for The Chi-Lective may be viewed here.