The line in question — “another gear in a big machine don’t sound like fun to me” — is a fairly obvious reference to Swift’s Big Machine label. And then there’s the bridge: “Favors for friends will get you in and get you far / Shouldn’t be about who it is you know / But about how good you are.” This probably was recorded well before Swift’s star-studded “Bad Blood” video, but it lands squarely: the lackluster song with a celebrity cameo video is precisely the kind of thing that lyric refers to.
When asked about it, Kacey said “I’m talking about a lot of different people. Any industry has its shoo-ins and people that get in because they know somebody, or their dad worked here, whatever. But, yeah, there is a wink.”